1st Edition

Student-Centered Literacy Assessment in the 6-12 Classroom An Asset-Based Approach

By Sean Ruday, Katie Caprino Copyright 2023
    114 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    114 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In this practical and accessible book, you’ll learn how to create equitable and meaningful assessments in your instruction through an inquiry-based approach. Ruday and Caprino reimagine what asset-based literacy assessments can be and what they look like in practice by understanding that effective, asset-based literacy assessments must center on students: they must incorporate students’ unique perspectives, ideas, and experiences in meaningful and relevant ways. Instead of using assessments that focus on identifying what students don’t know, the practices presented in this book provide authentic opportunities for students to use what they do know to demonstrate their knowledge of important literacy concepts.

    The book is organized into three easy-to-use parts that cover:

    • Key concepts of asset-based assessment
    • Specific ways that these practices can be put into action
    • Putting it all together in your own education context.

    A great resource for busy teachers, this book features a guide for teachers to use during professional development book studies and ready-to-implement templates when applying the assessment practices described in the book.

    Section One: Key Background and Context

    Introduction: Time to Reimagine Literacy Assessment

    Chapter One: Key Principles of Asset-Based Literacy Assessment

    Chapter Two: Why Should We Adopt an Asset-Based Approach to Literacy Assessment?

    Section Two: Asset-Based Literacy Assessment Practices

    Chapter Three: Asset-Based Literature Assessment--Moving Away from Quizzes and Toward Authentic Engagement with Relevant Issues

    Chapter Four: Asset-Based Writing Assessment--Exploring Societal Change, Multimodal Expression, and Linguistic Diversity

    Chapter Five: Asset-Based Language Assessment--Using Inquiry and Authentic Application to Engage with Grammar, Vocabulary, and Language

    Section Three: Putting it Together

    Chapter Six: How to Make a Case for Asset-Based Literacy Assessment

    Chapter Seven: Key Recommendations for Implementation

    Appendix A: A Guide for Book Studies

    Appendix B: Reproducible Forms and Templates



    Sean Ruday is Associate Professor of English Education at Longwood University, USA.

    Katie Caprino is Assistant Professor of Education, PK-12 New Literacies at Elizabethtown College, USA.